An Exceptionally Tall Copy
DICKENS, Charles. Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Forty-Three Illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall , 1837.
First edition in book form. Errata uncorrected. Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 222 x 140 mm). [4], xvi, 609 pp. Including the half title. With forty-three inserted plates by Seymour, Buss and 'Phiz'. With the Seymour and Buss plates, and with the 'Phiz' plates from early steels. Frontispiece and engraved title in the second state. None of the illustrations are captioned but all are signed. Some lower margins remain uncut.

20th-century full red morocco with a gilt medallion portrait of Dickens to front and gilt facsimile signature to rear. Spine compartments paneled and decorated in gilt, gilt spine lettering. Gilt board edges and turn ins. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Minimal foxing. Text and plates generally very clean. Overall, a near fine, and exceptionally tall, copy of this early title.

"From a literary standpoint the supremacy of this book has been... firmly established... It was written by Dickens when he was twenty-four and its publication placed the author on a solid foundation from which he never was removed.... It is quite probable that only Shakespeare’s Works, the Bible and perhaps the English Prayer Book, exceed "Pickwick Papers" in circulation" (Eckel, 17). "Never was a book received with more rapturous enthusiasm than that which greeted the Pickwick Papers!" (Allibone I:500). Pickwick would be the first volume in which Dickens was acknowledged as the author, rather than using his pen name, "Boz."

Gimbel A15. Hatton and Cleaver. Smith, Dickens, I, 3.

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